Ecolab partners with ITE to harness water management knowledge for data centres in Singapore

Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on knowledge transfer, education, and hands-on experience in water management and sustainable operations.

ITE CEO Low Khah Gek and Ecolab senior vice-president and market head of South East Asia Gregory Lukasik signed a MoU on 29 Apr 2024 (Image: Ecolab)

Nalco Water will deliver lectures on data centre specific topics such as water reclaim, reuse, and recycling, as well as sustainable design, maintenance practices, and artificial intelligence (AI) in data centre operations. The partnership entails a knowledge exchange programme, with learning opportunities and practical water management applications.

Nalco Water will provide a learning online portal accessible to students and will include training modules covering water fundamentals, water safety, safe chemical handling, reverse osmosis (RO) systems, and analytical field testing. The programme will benefit current student engineers working in the data centre industry.

Gregory Lukasik, senior vice-president and market head of South East Asia, Ecolab, said, “Ecolab recognises the vital role of data centres in supporting the digital infrastructure. In Singapore, our expertise helps data centres implement water-efficient technologies and sustainable practices, aligning with the nation’s commitment to water conservation while meeting the demands of a digital-driven economy.” He added that the partnership with ITE will cultivate the next generation of talent in water management and environmental sustainability.

For ITE CEO Low Khah Gek, this collaboration aims to catalyse positive change across the industry and society by providing some 200 ‘work-study diploma’ trainees with access to educational resources and hands-on experiences in sustainable water management and water auditing.   

The Singapore Green Plan 2030 supports collaboration between private organisations and institutions to drive innovation in data centre technologies and enhance overall sustainability, according to Poh Li San — member of parliament representing Sembawang West and deputy chairperson of Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for sustainability and environment.